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Me with my new hair cut May 23, 2013

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Looking out over one of the many valleys on the Bruce Trail, close to home.

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Photo taken April 21, 2012 on a walk through one of the parks within 20 minutes of here.

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Hi all, I am now 60, currently sharing an apartment with my cats Nutmeg and Cinnamon. As well I have a tenant who has the second bedroom, and she has her cat Baby with her. I grew up loving to camp, swim, and hike, as well as I rode my bike to get to a lot of places I needed to go. I have a son and daughter, as well as two grandchildren whom all live within two hours of my place.

I put on weight with both pregnancies, and never managed to get down past 155, at which point I had a major gallbladder attack and had to have it removed. After that I regained most of the weight I had lost, and over the years lost a bit and gained a bit on that weight loss yoyo that seems to be typical of a lot of us.

I have had some major life changing events over the past few years which have caused my weight to creep close to my all time high of 265. My knees have been getting worse with every pound that crept on, from osteoarthritis, to the point where I had to resort to a cane at times as well as much more frequently a knee brace for whichever knee was worse. Add to that a bladder sling surgery that also combined a hysterectomy and front/back wall repair, which has left me with a no lifting more than 20 pounds for life and most exercise has gone out the window.

Fast forward two years, and I have just had my Gastric Bypass surgery Nov 30, 2015, and a lot of things are now changing, or will be over the next several months. Check out my blog for more details on the changes

Member Since: 4/16/2012

Fitness Minutes: 7,198

My Goals:
*Get from 233 to 150
GOAL MET**Get my Blood Glucose levels into a normal range
GOAL MET***Lower my blood pressure to normal range.
****Walk or run a 10 Km
*****Cut snacking, and the amounts, of pop and chips down to once or twice a month, as a treat
GOAL MET*****Reduce my knee pain

My Program:
Track my daily nutritional intake here.

Drink 8 oz of water daily

Work up to walking at least 30 minutes 5 times a week, or more

Blog at least once a week

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    Thanks so much for commenting on my blog, "Every Single Effort ... ". It does take a lot of effort and for a very long time to make this journey work, but we're each sooooo very worth the effort! I'm so glad we're here working on our weight loss! We can make it work!!

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    Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future. ~ Deepak Chopra ~
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    2688 days ago
    Hey thank you for saying hello and joing me on the journey to health. You rock!
    2689 days ago
    Have fun with your collage! I sure did.
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    ¸.·´¸.·*´¨) ¸.·*¨• Thanks for the supportive comments on my blog
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    You are not a Spark Ghost!! Your program looks really well defined and you are losing weight! Good for you! I would suggest: Keep collecting Spark Friends!!

    You can just "friend" them...no need to ask. We are friendly and don't bite!

    You can find motivation and inspiration from everyone here, even those that are struggling (because you know how they feel!!) Welcome new people, Join teams, blog, join challenges, blog, be excited, blog. And did I mention: blog? The future fabulous you will want to look back at your journey and will want to encourage others!! When the excitement wanes (it WILL!!) put down your pom poms and lurk in the background, (but don't leave and don't do too much damage) and wait for the tide to turn...pick up your oars and keep rowing.

    You can do this!!

    2701 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/30/2013 9:39:40 AM
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